Happy Herbivore Blog

How Long Food Can Last In The Fridge

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I recently got an email asking about how long certain foods last once they're opened or once you bring them home from the grocery store. This has always been sort of a mystery to me as well, we buy a lot of fresh vegetables so they usually get eaten or cooked quickly.

There are things like maple syrup, rice and pasta that you can keep for ages if you've stored them properly. Then there's things like cucumbers or spinach that can go bad within a few days of having them in the fridge! While I was researching how long foods can last I found a website that I just had to share with all of you.

Still Tasty (stilltasty.com) lets you look up the food you're questioning and will give you information on how long it will last and sometimes even an explanation on why! I loved this because it gave me so many options, fresh, canned, packed in water, low sodium..everything was right there!

I found out opened salsa can last in your refrigerator for up to a month. They also give you tips on how to freeze your food item or how to tell if it has gone bad.

I'm of the idea that 'when in doubt, throw it out.' I know it may seem wasteful, but if you seem to be throwing away a lot of food reconsider your grocery list or find a way to freeze portions or share with friends. I hope this tool helps!

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Save Money with Amazon

Posted by: Courtney Hardy |

Category: News

After I wrote my post about How to Save Money During the Holidays, people have been emailing for more tips. I thought I would pop in to share a good way to save money this weekend.

If you're shopping this weekend, check out the Amazon Price Check App to save some money. This is a great combination of shopping in stores but getting savings online. 

The Amazon Price Check App lets you scan barcodes on items, or even take pictures of what you're buying, and it will bring up the price on Amazon.com and allow you to buy it right from your phone. This weekend (December 9th at 9 PM. to December 10th at 11:59 PM) Amazon will also give you a 5% discount for 3 items if you use the App in stores. 

Here's what you do:

1. Download the Amazon Price Check App (free!)

2. Use the app at a store. Add the items that you want to buy with the discount to your cart on the app.

3. Purchase what it's in your cart within 24 hours. You can do this from your phone or even from your computer.

4. Save 5%!

Lindsay's Note: I used the app this morning when shopping. I didn't buy from Amazon; I supported my local hardware store, but the App allowed me to compare reviews of the two items in the store very easily... I'm glad I checked, because the reviews revealed that the cheaper model worked better. Thanks for saving me $20 amazon!

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Washing Your Greens

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

An Herbie on Facebook asked me: How do you wash your greens?

Cleaning your greens is an important step to take when you're cooking. I know, it seems like an added task but even if you buy organic, you want to make sure you're washing off any leftover soil that's left on your spinach or kale or whichever green you're enjoying that night.

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You can individually clean each piece of spinach, kale, etc. by running it under cold water or placing it in a bowl of cold water. If you don't have the time or want to do that, you can place all of your leaves in a bowl of cold water (Note: I scrub my kitchen sink with soap and hot water, then fill it with cold water plus a little vinegar and soak my greens when I come home from the market). Make sure to move them around a bit in the water and then let them sit for two minutes. You'll start to see that any dirt or sand will sink to the bottom of your bowl of water.

When you're done, lay the leaves on a paper towel or a clean towel and blot them dry.

Make sure you're also storing your greens properly. You should take them out of whatever packaging you get from the grocery store or market and lay them in paper towels. Roll up the paper towel and then place them in a container or paper bag. This will help keep moisture from getting to your greens!